Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Activated Charcoal
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Almond Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cold Showers
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Diatomaceous Earth
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Fish Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Psoriaflora Cream
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Cream, Propolis
- Apple Fast
- Apples, ACV, Dietary Changes
- Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
- Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking Soda, Witch Hazel
- Beetle Nut Juice, Hot Chili Sauce
- Bleach Bath
- Carrot Juice
- Castor Oil
- Chamomile Tea
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Cold Showers
- Colloidal Silver
- Decolorized Iodine
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Discoid Eczema Remedies
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Do Nothing
- Eczema Remedies
- Egg Yolk
- Eliminate Citric Acid
- Eliminate Corn Products and Nuts
- Eliminate Dairy
- Eliminate Milk
- Eliminate Wheat
- Emu Oil
- Epsom Salts
- Fish Oil
- Fish Oil, Yogurt
- Flax Seed Oil
- General Feedback
- Gluten-Free Diet
- Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Oxide Cream
- Goat Milk
- Heavy Metal Detoxing, Zinc Supplementation
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Homemade Cream
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Iodoral Tablets
- Jojoba Oil
- Krill Oil
- Lemon and Pineapple Juice
- Mangosteen Skin Poultice
- Multiple Remedies
- Multiple Supplements
- Neem Oil
- Neem Oil, Baking Soda
- Niacinimade Powder, Vitamin E
- Ocean Water
- Oil Pulling
- Olive Oil
- Oolong Tea
- Oregano Oil
- Oregano Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Petroleum Jelly
- Raw Food Diet
- Removing Fluoride
- Salt and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt Rub, Mint Liquid Soap
- Sanitize Clothes
- Sea Salt Baths
- Sea Salt, Baking Soda, Evening Primrose Oil
- Shea Butter
- Shower Filter
- Soap Nuts
- Table Salt
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Urine Therapy
- Vinegar and Olive Oil
- Vinegar Soaks
- Vitamin B-Complex
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin D-3
- Vitamin E
- White Sugar Cane Vinegar
Coconut Oil Folk Remedy for Eczema
Apply natural coconut oil directly on your eczema patches just as you would a lotion. Itís an excellent all-around skin care product! You can also add up to a tablespoon of coconut oil to your daily diet for better skin and general health.
[YEA] 12/03/2008: Katie from Palm Harbor, FL: "My daughter Ava is 2 1/2 and has been fighting eczema since she was 3 months old. The only thing that worked for us was steroid cream. This was only short term relief and a new patch of eczema pops up in another place daily. We started rubbing the coconut oil on two weeks ago. It did not clear up right away and seemed really dry but I was persistent and applied it 3 times a day. The patch on her face that recieved more applications is completely healed. Her skin is soft and smooth. She still has some discoloration but the eczema is gone. The patches on her body which are covered with clothes are still dry but she is not itchy and I am sure in a few weeks that will healed as well. Thank god we read this website.
[YEA] 12/30/2008: Mo from Amsterdam, The Netherlands replies: "I read this post at the beginning of December and decided to try VCO on my 1 1/2 year old's face. She started getting what seems like eczema since she was 3 1/2 months. I did not want to use cortisone etc. but it was "weeping" and itchy. It took a while but got better. However when ever she is teething it would return. I became uncomfortable with constantly using these creams as she is still so young and I try to stay relatively healthy - so why do this to my child. When I read this post I thought it won't hurt to try. It has been almost 4 weeks now and I am happy to say that the eczema is gone although one cheek still looks a bit red. She is not itching and she look just fine. It did take a while to work and I almost gave up because it looked worse before getting better. i used it twice per day. I have also decided to put some on her food and I only cook with VCO.Thanks a lot for posting - if I did not see this post I probably would have gone for the more speedy but unhealthy option. Thanks again."
[YEA] 05/17/2008: Kim from Montreal, Canada: "Eczema: During many months, I had suffered from what seemed to be an incurable rash. It got worse during winter when the air was cold and dry. At that point, I also had chapped skin. I tried various things, but they were proven to be ineffective. I had searched for a cure for a while, then I found about coconut oil. Following a few guidelines, I stopped eating things that might have triggered my eczema (yeast from bread and such), and started eating food accompanied with coconut oil. I also put it on the affected areas. Within a few weeks, it was completely gone! I was relieved my stigma, that didn't seem to want to go away for a very long time, suddenly disappeared. I highly recommend virgin coconut oil!"
[NAY] 11/30/2007: Kay from Toronto, Canada: "Hi everyone. I've been ingesting and using 100% pure organic coconut oil since October 2007. I have excema and keratosis pilaris. I've found that my keratosis has gotten better, practicaly non existent, but my excema has worsened. I find that it is drying on my skin and I would need to keep moisturizing constantly throughout the day which is no good. Not sure if that is just because of the cleansing properties of the coconut oil and the toxins are just making their way out of my system or not .. but my excema has definitely not improved. in fact, i've developed a whole new kind of rash. kind of a blistery raised looking rash. I had to switch back to using Aveeno on my skin and just ingesting the coconut oil. Has this happened to anyone else?? Should I be drinking more water? I only take a teaspoon of the oil a day and drink aloe vera juice as well, twice a day. should I just continue to take the oil and put it on my skin?"
[YEA] 11/19/2007: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "re: Jock Itch and Candida: I had jock itch for years and years - tried everything and nothing worked. When I moved from UK to the Philippines I started researching this problem. Interestingly I found out that jock itch was a well known expression or symptom of Candida which worried me. So, I looked for natural remedies for Candida and came across the humble coconut. Much of the current research on coconut oil may be found on this site: http://www.coconutoil.com/research.htm
So, the gist of this was that I started to take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil everyday. The results were astonishing. Not only did the jock itch disappear,my eczma disappeared, my bowel movements became more regular, I had less indigestion and I sleep more soundly now. I was so impressed, I now cook everything in virgin coconut oil - I think it is far more healthy than any processed vegetable oil on the market. I've since also learned that coconut oil has been used in baby food for the last 30 years and people in hospital with intestinal trauma have their food cooked in coconut oil as a matter of course. The only other natural remedy I take is Ted's Alkalizing Remedy (Lemon bicarb water) which is available elsewhere on this site."
[YEA] 09/18/2007: Liz from Nairobi, Kenya: "My 8 month old son has had eczema since he was four months old. I have tried many prescription creams that did not seem to work or worked for only a few days. A friend asked me to try coconut oil. Its worked miracles. I got results in a day. There was no itching and the dry patches were gone. I now make sure to keep a bottle in the house all the time. I have also noticed that water and soap worsen eczema, so when he has it, I avoid them on the patches and use the oil instead."Replies
06/08/2010: Kikifish from Hayward, Ca replies: "I tried having my 22 month old son take the ACV mix with apple juice, and it seems stop his eczema on his body, but he still have patches on his forehead and his scalp. I wonder if I can use the coconut oil as moisturizer? I am using vaseline right now, and it gets really greasy that he hates it. He has open two patch of broken skin last almost for 6 months now. It is really heart broken seeing his baby skin constantly looking red, watery and bloody. He scratches his face and scalp like the monkey in the zoo. Any suggestion anyone??"
06/09/2010: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, Usa replies: "Please check your childs foods by reading all lables and besure that none of them containe soy,,,research on your computer by google 'toxic soy research report' I would take the toddler off milk for 2 to 5 days and give fresh juice with half water for drinking, try to cook all your food you self using fresh or frozen vegtables and fresh fruit, make your own bread from whole grains flour,,,cook oat meal your self and serve with cinnamon and honey, this is part of a whole foods diet that will eliminate all or part of the chemicals and preservatives that are in all your quick fixes that you buy at the store, try baking some good sweet potatoes in the oven at 400 untill the skins are 1/2 inch drawn up,,take out an skin them, slice cross-wise let cool till only warm and cover lightly with fresh local honey, the baby might like it,,,eating honey will help your body over come some allergies. I do hope this will help and give you some heathful hints. I have grandkids that this has helped,,it is not easy,,but the fast food industry is making a lot of people sick with the chemicals in the food.
06/09/2010: Shaun from York, Uk replies: "Try gently rubbing in a 50/50 Milk of Magnesia mix. If that works you could also bath the baby in dilute Sodium Carbonate (Washing Soda). Try it on yourself first. I would suggest 2/3 cups of washing soda in an adult bath first. To neutralise the washing soda after bathing you could sprinkle a 50/50 ACV and water mix. After drying you could then rub in the coconut oil."
11/03/2011: Perldark from Toano, Va, Usa replies: "Please note that a child under the age of twelve months should not ingest honey!
[YEA] 03/29/2007: Marietta from Montpelier, Vermont: "Virgin Coconut Oil: My teenage son had raw, red and cracked skin where the ear meets the head. I remembered reading somewhere that VCO cures eczema, so I spread some on the backs of his ears after he showered. Amazingly, the very next day (after only ONE application) they were completely healed; no raw, red, no cracks! We also eat it often, on popcorn, straight off the spoon and in stir-fries. Yum!!!"
[NAY] 02/26/2007: Kim from Wheaton, IL: "Coconut Oil and ACV did NOT help my son's eczema. He has had terrible eczema/dermatitis all of his life. He is 13 years old now and the older he gets the worse it gets...especially in winter. As I looked for alternative treatments, I read the feedbacks on this website and tried the coconut oil and ACV. Neither worked and the Coconut oil seemed to make it worse. It was the Organic virgin oil. I'm glad it worked for some people but did not help my son. Thanks."
[YEA] 08/04/2006: Jay from Chicago, IL: "1 TBS daily of oral supplementation has helped by facial eczema and atopic dermatitis. I have become immediately convinced that Coconut oil is nothing short of a miracle remedy for the skin and immune system. I was suffering from weekly eczema outbreaks on the face, and within 4 days of using 3 tablespoons daily and dabbing it with vitamin E oil, I noticed an almost immediate improvement. The itching and redness stopped, and the inflammation was way down. I would strongly urge ANYONE who suffers from this condition to try it, because in my opinion, there is nothing else like it on the planet."
[YEA] 03/01/2006: Bonnie : "It is the only thing that gets rid of my daughter's eczema and mine. In fact mine was really bad when I was pregnant and it was the only relief I found. I used to take primrose oil internally -- that really helped, but it never offered any immediate relief. When she was about 2 months she got a bad flare up on her forehead and it cleared it within days. As a side note lice was going around the school and my boys came home with it. She never got it (I think it was the smell of coconut oil) & they always put their hats on her head."Replies
09/05/2012: Raw-alkaline-diet.com from Rancho Santa Margarita, California replies: "For those who did not benefit from coconut oil try taking it internally and applying Shea butter to your skin I recently experienced a great relief using Shea butter on my itching feet."
[YEA] 02/11/2006: Amy from Reeseville, WI: "I use coconut oil half and half with butter to make my cookies or if the recipe calls for shortening, I use all coconut oil. It also cleared up eczema for me and my son. You can add it to bath water just a tablespoon or two. It works great."
Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 02/18/2009: LB from Reigate, Surrey, UK: "VIRGIN COCONUT OIL/TEA TREE OIL FOR DISCOID/NUMMULAR EXCEMA
I found that mixing VCO with Tea Tree Oil and applying it to the patch of excema several times daily (6 or 7) cleared my discoid eczema within 7-10 days rather that the 8-10 weeks it usually took to clear. Discoid eczema patches are usually roundish in shape. They are very itchy to begin with, and then become very sore as they form several tiny heads which weep. The patch then becomes very hard and thick and normally takes weeks to heal leaving a mark where it had once been.
I have also made a connection with eating citrus and flare ups."
Cod Liver Oil
[YEA] 08/06/2013: Jenna from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: "After years of doctors, dermatologists etc etc not to mention $$$ a naturopath put me on to high doses of Cod liver Oil for my eczema /dermatitis - in 2 weeks it was completely gone. Please please please try this for 2 weeks - say a capsule every meal ie 3 or 4 capsules a day and in 2 weeks it will be gone. She explained we need to moisturise from the inside out, Cod liver oil has Vit D and I also take Evening Primrose Oil which has Omega 6 - which fish oil doesn't have - Fish oil is not enough - just Google cod liver oil and eczema to see the results - How did I go so long when it was so simple!"
[YEA] 09/12/2009: Macky from New Iberia, La: "My son had severe eczema from the time he was a few months old. I took him to 3 doctors and was given prescriptions that didn't cure him.He scratched til he bled. One day after fasting I read that a deficiency in vitamin A will cause dry, itchy bumps especially on the legs.
I gave him cod liver oil in a cup of juice with a top on it (sippy cup) because of the smell. The next week he did not have one spot on him and he is 18 years old now and never had that again."Replies
01/10/2012: Diane from Ottumwa, Ia replies: "Skin Update. Fatty Acid Metabolism Disorder.
Supplement with Borage, or Evening Promrose and Flax Seed Oil and Carnitine.
Eczema and dermatitis can be confused and be misdiagnosed, so forgive me for posting this here. This may help someone.
Symptoms: red, flaky skin, lifting off in very large flakes with white pustules like small cysts, forming rapidly under the skin. I did not have just the redness and broken veins that some people have.
It was diagnosed by my Dr. As "perioral dermatitis". It was a mess, and I had it for approximately 8-9 months before I figured out what it was.
This is for people who have tried everything. Believe me. I tried everything listed on this website and more.
I treated it as: a pathogen (like a bacteria like strep or staph), a fungus, mites, (yes, I drank the damn borax), scabies, leishmania, malessezzia, (seborrhea), acne, I tried three different antibiotic gels from the Dr, (metrogel, ciclopirox, clindamycin). I would get excited, because some things seemed to work for a few days, or a week but the condition always returned and got progressively worse. A fatty acid metabolism disorder will mimc the symptoms of Dermatitis with few other noticeable symptoms. My only clue came after I took a big dosage of Cod Liver Oil and I saw what looked like chicken skin under my eyes the next day. I knew something was really wrong. Started Flax, and Borage Oil capsules the next day. Took L-Carnitine on an empty stomach, (just happened to have it, and knew it was good for fatty acid metabolism disorder from a study I saw on the web regarding Acidura and Carnitine). The Acidura, (a condition of acidity in the body) interferes with fatty acid metabolism processes in the body. This, combined with a genetic predisposion called kryptopyluria and six cups of coffee a day meant I was not able to process fish oil of any type. This also explains why some of the other remedies like vinegar and baking soda, alkalinizing the body, liver cleanses, and the digestive enzymes seem to work for some people also. You will know within three days if this will work for you.
I saw healing within one day, the flakes stopped in three days and the redness went away in a week. My skin is perfectly clear and has been for two months. I still continue with the Carnitine, Flax and Borage only because I'm afraid to stop. Please note: I did topical applications of Sulfur, (sublimed pwder mixed into mayonese as a carrier) and bought MMS, (chlorine dioxide) previous to trying the Flax, Carnitine and Borage. The sulfur may have lessened the white pustules, but I still had the red, flaky skin. If the pustules don't go away, you made want to try the sulfur or the MMS.
03/04/2012: Sp from Murfreesboro, Tn replies: "Wow Diane, Thank you so much for sharing. I have dermatitis. I have just started taking the flaxseed oil, and evening primrose. I will add the carnitine and see if this will work on me also."
04/25/2012: Maggie from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi. I find this posting most interesting. I have been battling chicken skin for 2-3 years now. I do not have the red flaky skin but have been told I have rosacea. I am wondering if this could possibly be helpful as I have tried everything as well. I currently take evening primrose oil capsules irregularly and put a 1/2 tsp of flaxseed in my oatmeal each am. But I take a lot of omegas and am wondering if this is inadvisable. I take cod liver oil capsules; omega and fish oil capsules and seabuckthorn capsules on a rotating basis. My skin is wonderfully soft from these oils but wondering if it is also too much.
Also please note I did not take all these supplements until after a long time trying to experiment with things to try and get rid of this chicken skin/rosacea type condition. I would like to try just your supplement recommendations and stop all the others temporarily to see if it would clear up my condition - which to clarify is only on my face. I had actually come to the point of giving up trying to remedy my problem because I have worked so hard at it and never seen an improvement over the last few years other than they seem to be less prominent now then other times. I really could never figure out what it was that made them better or worse. I have been told I have candida; I was told by a dermatologist it was a hormone imbalance; so always a mass confusion and a constant process of experimentation.
I am 51 years old and have recently gone through menopause. Again, the symptom of these pustules, white bumps whatever you would call them have never actually left - even for a day. I have had times last summer where a couple picked off but none have come to the surface lately. I could never figure out what it was that happened at that time to cause the slight improvement at that time."
04/26/2012: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Maggie (fellow Calgarian) - I wonder if you have keratosis pilaris. While it seems most people get it on their arms or legs, some do get it on their face.
There are a number of cures here on Earth Clinic, including a homemade mixture of organic coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and lecithin (emulsifier). You might want to add a few drops of lavender - it sounds like it is quite whiffy!
Here's the link:
Although you are taking quite a few oils, are you eating enough water-filled vegetables (like in green smoothies)? Supposedly that is the best way to get water into our cells.
A humidifier is a must here in Calgary. Exfoliate your skin very gently and rinse thoroughly before patting on a moisturizer (or coconut oil). Some people even put a 50/50 coconut oil and castor oil blend on their face at night (too heavy for the day).
Also, I believe there are a few forums on the Internet for people with facial keratosis pilaris but I think most of them opt for prescriptions and heavy-duty lotions filled with rather toxic ingredients.
Good luck Maggie! Cheers, Bess"
[YEA] 01/12/2007: Josh from Elk Ridge, UT: "Hi all! What a great website this is...finally; I've been looking for a resource like this for years! Anyway, I have moderate to severe eczema that flares up in the winter and is more mild in summer. Anyway, I went several days without using steroid creams or immune system inhibitors (Protopic ointment)when I tried the following regime. I would take a cold shower, then spray myself with potassium alum (dissolved in water and put into a spray bottle) when I was still slightly damp. Also, I was taking 1 T apple cider vinegar internally twice a day. My eczema didn't seem to get worse until I missed 2 days of the potassium alum treatment. I even had a semi-cold bath with 1 C ACV and soaked for about 20 minutes, but I forgot to do the alum. When I do the alum, it helps my skin to calm down. It gets softer. I don't use lotion.
A friend of mine gave me the potassium alum stone with his story of severe eczema in Thailand. The generous people there gave him this stone to try and it cured his eczema. I've been using it as deodorant and it works very well; no chemicals or additives. I think you can get the stones at a health food store (or do a google search for them).
Get a clean spray bottle and break up about 1-2 Tablespoon size chunks of alum. Put this in about 1 cup of water and then fill your spray bottle with it. I spray a few sprays on my hair and massage it in my scalp. Some under arms for deodorant and then I give a few sprays all over my limbs and body, rubbing it into my skin. It has a weird texture; it seems to sink into your skin quickly - that's why the spray works so well. I'm thinking of trying an application in the evening as well and maybe by then I'll have more of a cure. Experimenting with the frequency... Let me know how this works for you. I used to have bad eczema in my hair that would flake all over; very embarrassing. I cured it by soaking my head with straight ACV and covering that with a shower cap overnight, but I don't like smelling like a pickle throughout the day. :) Now, the potassium alum has prevented it without the smell. Good luck to all, and hopefully we can cure our debilitating eczema."Replies
[YEA] 03/11/2012: Meagan from Logan, Ut replies: "Cold showers always have helped my eczema when it flares up. The cold water makes your circulation go faster and the cold water itself purges toxins from the pores in your skin. This helps acne as well.
You can rub almond, coconut or olive oil on afterwards for extra moisturizing."
08/23/2013: Lupillo from L.G. (Fort Worth Texas): "I have exzema, and I need to know if Collodial Silver is any effective for it?"